A retaining wall covered in corten panels not only gives the sunken courtyard a unique visual but also helps with the passive heating of the house and keeps it warm both during daytime and at night.
There is nothing more pleasant for a retired couple than to live in the lap of nature while surrounded by ever-changing sights and sounds. It takes you away from your busy life and gives you tranquility that only nature can deliver!
It is the lower level that houses the living areas along with the kitchen dining space and reading nooks while the top level contains the bedrooms. With a rear façade that completely opens up to the captivating valley views outside this Swiss home takes you closer to nature.
The transition between the interior and the exterior further facilitates this nature-centric lifestyle with a shaded porch that the homeowners can enjoy both at dawn and dusk. With a pergola structure that consists of mobile slats ventilation on the porch can be controlled easily.
Transition from one zone to the other is seamless and even the outdoors become a part of the interior as extensive glass walls and clerestory windows shape an open and light-filled interior. The color scheme is largely neutral and the focus remains firmly on the scenery outside with a sunken central courtyard adding to the excitement.
A neutral color scheme and passive solar-heating fashion a pleasant and charming living area with the bedrooms neatly tucked away in the rear. Smart eco-sensitive and serene this cozily lit family residence has it all!
An old house that does not make the most of landscape it sits in and the scenery outside – it sounds like an all too familiar story in the world of modern residential structures with some sense of historic past.
The sequenced brick wall extension in the rear feels like a part of the original structure and does so without trying too hard. Spaces transition from light to dark inside with rough concrete floor leading to smoother surfaces as one moves from one room to another.